Emerson Network Power Enhances MicroTCA Portfolio

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity[tm], announced a broadening of the company’s MicroTCA[TM] portfolio through increased software support, new and enhanced products and a wider range of operating system choices. Moving the industry one step closer towards interoperability, the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power introduced SpiderWareM3 platform management software for remote management, monitoring and maintenance of IPMI-compatible MicroTCA platforms. The software’s capability to recognize and manage Advanced Mezzanine cards (AMCs) from various suppliers illustrates its key role in achieving interoperability within the ecosystem.

Building on its ongoing commitment to offer innovative, low-cost MicroTCA solutions for a broad range of applications and industries, Emerson Network Power added the AMC-9210 to its product line. Based on the Cavium OCTEON[TM] Plus high-performance, multi-core processor architecture, the AMC-9210 is ideal for addressing the growing need for wire-speed packet processing solutions.

Along with the AMC-9210, the following existing AMCs support four processor families with increased price/performance over first generation products. These AMCs, based on Intel®, Cavium and Freescale silicon, provide a choice of deeply-embedded cores, dual cores, and multi-cores.

  • PrAMC-7210 – Designed for applications that require dual-core Intel Architecture performance, scalability, manageability and low cost, and features a1.5GHz Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo processor with support for memory sizes up to 4GB.
  • PrAMC-6210 – Uses the Freescale Semiconductor MPC8641D microprocessor based on Power ArchitectureTM technology to provide modular, upgradeable, computing power for telecommunications applications such as protocol processing, packet processing, data management and I/O management.
  • KSI-8560 – Serves as a general purpose processor AMC or a high-density WAN I/O AMC and provides NEPs with a cost-effective and powerful modular processing element with its on-board Freescale PowerQUICCTM III MPC8560 processor.

In addition, Emerson Network Power will be adding three new storage AMCs to its family to support greater storage density and rugged applications, including:

  • AMC-S302 – 80GB SATA Drive
  • AMC-S602 – Dual 80GB Heavy Duty SATA Drives (doubles the slot density)
  • AMC-S502 – 32GB Solid State SATA drive

The company’s MicroTCA portfolio enhancement also includes support for the latest Linux operating systems from Wind River (Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition 2.0) and MontaVista (CGE 5.0).

“Emerson Network Power is successfully driving MicroTCA adoption by delivering leading-edge products that are validated for compatibility and providing a one-stop shop for support and service,” said Eric Heikkila, director Embedded Hardware & Systems for Venture Development Corporation. “When a company such as Emerson Network Power makes this kind of commitment to MicroTCA, it reaffirms to the industry that MicroTCA is going to have long-term viability.”

“By strengthening our MicroTCA product portfolio with validated, pre-tested, cost-effective solutions to meet IP-based communications needs, Emerson Network Power continues to introduce and extend MicroTCA’s benefits to a wide range of customers and market segments,” said Jorge Magalhaes, vice president of marketing for the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. “In addition, our range of processors span the major processing segments with Intel, Cavium and Freescale, giving our customers the options they need to support a wider variety of MicroTCA-based applications based on their unique requirements.”

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity[tm] from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power provides innovative solutions and expertise in areas including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, monitoring, and connectivity. All solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. For more information, visit www.emerson.com.

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